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Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-5)

The 4/5 Childhood Endorsement is a 14-credit hour program for people holding an Ohio Early Childhood P-3 Teaching License.

The Endorsement coursework is offered during the summer semester only. All courses are fully online, with the exception of the Intersession course, which is partially online. Current undergraduate students in the ECED professional sequence may apply for the 4/5 endorsement after having successfully completed block IV.

For questions about the Endorsement program and admission options, please contact Erin Harwood, Graduate Academic Advisor: eharwood@kent.edu, 330-672-0583.

 

The Endorsement courses/workshops may be used toward the completion of a master's degree (there is a six year time-frame in which to do so) in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Curriculum and Teaching
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Middle Childhood
  • Special Education General

In most cases all 14 credit hours would count.


Endorsement Schedule, Summer 2018

Teaching Mathematics in the Intermediate Years - Grades 4-5
Summer Intercession (May 21-June 8) - Dr. Sonya Irving
MCED 40045 001 CRN# 11037/ MCED 50045 001 CRN# 11038
V3 - Partially Online: M 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Critical Inquiry and Integration Content I - Science/Social Studies Grade 4
Summer I (June 11 – July 14) - Dr. Elizabeth Kenyon
MCED 46645 010 CRN# 11035/ MCED 56645 010 CRN# 11036
V1 - 100% online

Understanding “Tweens”: No Longer Children, Not Yet Teens
(July 9 - July 20) - Dr. Kate Knapp
HDFS 41093 001 CRN# 14679/ HDFS 51093 001 CRN# 14680
1 Credit hour online workshop

Halfway Up the Stairs: Early Middle Level Education and Effective Teaching and Learning in Grades 4 - 5
(July 23 – August 3) - Dr. Kate Knapp
CI 40093 001 CRN# 14675/ CI 50093 001 CRN# 14676
V1 - 100% online

Reading and Writing in Middle Childhood
Summer II (June 11 – August 4) - Melanie Kidder-Brown
CI 47504 020 CRN# 11039/ CI 57504 020 CRN# 11040
CI 47504 021 CRN# 13609/ CI 57504 021 CRN# 13610
V1 - 100% online

Critical Inquiry and Integration Content II - Science and Social Studies Grade 5
Summer III (July 16 - August 18) - Dr. Lisa Borgerding
MCED 47745 030 CRN# 11033/ MCED 57745 030 CRN# 11034
V1 - 100% online

Download the 2018 Summer Schedule (doc)

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (4-5), candidates must complete and pass the following Ohio Assessments for Educators:  Elementary Education Subtest I (Test code 018) and Elementary Education Subtest II (Test code 019). For more information and registration for the tests, please see the Ohio Assessments for Educators webpage.


Application Information for current undergraduate Early Childhood majors intending to graduate AFTER completion of the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement Program

The 4/5 Early Childhood Endorsement is a 14-credit hour program that is offered during the summer semester only.  It is available to undergraduate ECED majors after completion of Block IV but prior to Block V: Student Teaching. There are three different admission options for current UG students.

NOTE:  It is very important to choose the correct admission option from the beginning as transferring credit hours from one status to another can become difficult.

You have three options for admission:

1. Take the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement courses at the 40000-level.

This does not require any application nor any change in admission status. You can just register for the classes through Flashline using the CRN# for the 40000-level offerings. However, you will need to complete an Overload Request Form (found on the Vacca Office of Student Services forms page) in order to take more than 12 hours during the summer session (the program is 14 hours). Please print, complete (list ALL endorsement courses on page 2 - not just the extra 2 hours), SIGN and return form to the Vacca Office - 304 White Hall. The Vacca Office should contact you within two business days and if approved, they will put an overload permit in the system. You will then need to go into Flashline and register for the additional 2 credit hours.

2. Take the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement courses at the 50000-level

(graduate level - pay graduate tuition fees). Complete a form called Permission to Enroll in Graduate Level Courses for Undergraduate Students to Receive Undergraduate Credit (available at the Vacca Office of Student Services - 304 White Hall). This form is reviewed and signed by both Associate Deans (Graduate and Undergraduate). Under this option, the endorsement courses CANNOT apply to a future graduate degree program.

3. Apply for a Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program and take the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement courses at the 50000-level.

This is the ONLY way that a current UG student can apply these courses to a graduate degree program. You must be fully admitted to a graduate-level master's degree program in Early Childhood Education in order to select this option. Information on eligibility for this option can be found in the University Catalog: Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program.

Option 3 requires a three-step process: 

3a. Apply for admission to the Master's of Education in Early Childhood program by completing the online Master's Degree application.

Follow the online instructions carefully, making sure to choose the following:
     College: Education and Human Services
     Program Code: Early Childhood Education (Program code-EH-MED)
     Term: Summer _____

Along with the online application, you will submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of goals. For your convenience, these forms can be found on the EHHS Graduate Student Services forms page. All Master’s Degree admissions items should be sent/uploaded to Division of Graduate Studies, 150 Terrace Drive, Cartwright Hall, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (330-672-2661/email: gradapps@kent.edu).

You will be notified via email of the start of the admission process and any missing documentation. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Brenda Ellsworth in the Office of Graduate Student Services at bellswor@kent.edu or 330-672-0558. Please begin the application process as soon as possible as it may take up to six weeks to complete.

3b. Complete the Combined Baccalaureate/Master’s Program Form available in the Office of Graduate Student Services, 418 White Hall. This form should be completed with your ECED faculty advisor, and then reviewed and signed by the Department Chair and both Associate Deans (Graduate and Undergraduate) before submission to the Registrar's Office.

3c. Once you have been formally admitted at the graduate level, you must complete a Request for Overload form in order to take more than 12 credit hours during the summer terms (the program is 14 hours). The form is available through the Office of Graduate Student Services (418 White Hall), and can be found on the EHHS Graduate Student Services forms page. Once the form is approved and processed, you will need to register for the final 2 credit hours through Flashline.

Download Application Information for Current Undergraduates (PDF)


Application Information for those who hold an undergraduate/master’s degree (or those undergraduate ECED majors intending to graduate PRIOR to starting the 4/5 program)

The 4/5 Early Childhood Endorsement is a 14-credit hour program that is offered during the summer semester only.  It is limited to those teachers with an existing Early Childhood PreK-3 license. There are 3 different admission options.

Note 1: It is very important to choose the correct admission option from the beginning as transferring credit hours from one status to another can become difficult.
Note 2: Must have successfully completed all the coursework in Block IV before starting the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement program, or must be a licensed ECED teacher in the State of Ohio.

You have three options for admission:

1. Apply as a Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree student and take the courses at the 40000-level

(pay undergraduate tuition fees; however, courses can never apply to a master’s degree program). Apply online as a Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree student here. If you received your bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and have not attended any other institution since leaving Kent State, you do not need to apply for admission; you can simply complete the Application for Undergraduate Re-Enrollment form available through the One Stop for Student Services website. Complete the form and return to One Stop (First Floor, University Library or scan/email to onestop@kent.edu).

You will also need to complete an Overload Request Form (found on the Vacca Office of Student Services Applications & Forms page) in order to take more than 12 hours during the summer session (the program is 14 hours). Please print, complete (list ALL endorsement courses on page 2 - not just the extra 2 hours), SIGN and return form to the Vacca Office - 304 White Hall. The Vacca Office should contact you within two business days and if approved, they will put an overload permit in the system. You will then need to go into Flashline and register for the additional 2 credit hours.

2. Apply as a Graduate Non-Degree student and take the courses at the 50000-level

(pay graduate tuition fees; a limit of up to 12 hours could be transferred into a degree program, if approved). Apply online as a Graduate Non-Degree student here. 

Follow the online instructions carefully, making sure to choose the following:
     Under "Intended Program", select:
          College: Education and Human Services
          Degree Name: Coll of Ed Health Human Svcs-Non-Degree
          Term: Summer _____
     Under "Additional Documents", select:
          YES to the two questions regarding "endorsement" and YES to the question "Do you hold a teaching license in Ohio?"

If you have earned a master's degree from Kent State College of Education, Health & Human Services (ie. ECED MAT degree), you do not need to complete the Graduate Non-Degree Application; instead, simply complete the online Graduate Alumnus ("Reapplication") form to re-enroll as a Graduate Non-Degree student in EHHS. (Please follow the same prompts above regarding the Graduate Non-Degree application.)

Once you have been formally admitted at the graduate level, you must complete a Request for Overload form in order to take more than 12 credit hours during the summer terms (the program is 14 hours). The form is available through the Office of Graduate Student Services (418 White Hall) and can be found on the EHHS Graduate Student Services forms page. Once the form is approved and processed, you will need to register for the final 2 credit hours through Flashline.

3. Apply as a Master’s Degree student and take the courses at the 50000-level

(pay graduate tuition fees; endorsement courses are built into a Master's of Education degree program in Early Childhood Education - minimum number of hours required for a M.Ed. degree is 32). Apply online as a Master's Degree student here. 

Follow the online instructions carefully, making sure to choose the following:
     College: Education and Human Services
     Program Code: Early Childhood Education (Program code-EH-MED)
     Term: Summer _____

Along with the online application, you will submit an official copy of your undergraduate transcripts (unless you have graduated from KSU and then we shall provide them), two letters of recommendation, and a statement of goals. For your convenience, these forms can be found on the EHHS Graduate Student Services forms page.

All Degree admissions items should be sent/uploaded to Division of Graduate Studies, 150 Terrace Drive, Cartwright Hall, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (330-672-2661/email: gradapps@kent.edu). You will be notified via email of the start of the admission process and any missing documentation.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Brenda Ellsworth in the Graduate Student Services Office at bellswor@kent.edu or 330-672-0558. Please begin the application process as soon as possible as it may take up to six weeks to complete.

Once you have been formally admitted at the graduate level, you must complete a Request for Overload form in order to take more than 12 credit hours during the summer terms (the program is 14 hours). The form is available through the Office of Graduate Student Services (418 White Hall) and can be found on the EHHS Graduate Student Services forms page. Once the form is approved and processed, you will need to register for the final 2 credit hours through Flashline.

Download Application Information for Those Who Hold an Undergraduate/Master's Degree (PDF)